Electric vs. Manual toothbrushes – Which is BEST for your teeth and gums?

Let an Evansville Dentistry EXPERT like Rang Dentistry provide knowledge and helpful information on the similarities and differences!

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To be completely honest, preference is the deciding factor between electric and manual toothbrushes. Evansville Dentistry says there are no major differences within the overall oral health between the two. Each brush is a great tool to use to effectively and accurately clean your smile, however, there are some differences between the brushes themselves.

Plaque-removing abilities

Toothbrushes are made to remove plaque from your smile and stimulate your gums to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. While both electric and manual brushes successfully do that, with the evolutionary design and technology of the electric toothbrush, there are some models that have been clinically proven to remove more plaque than a traditional toothbrush, even in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth.

Brushing technique

When it comes to brushing technique, there is only one right way to brush with a manual toothbrush….that is to hold your brush at a 45-degree angle while brushing your teeth at the gum line and use a gentle circular motion to move up and down each tooth. When it comes to using an electric toothbrush, the right technique depends on which brand you use, so when you first open your electric toothbrush package, make sure you read the directions so you can use the tool properly to your fullest advantage.

Ease of use

The design, shape, and size of a manual toothbrush are simple and accurate for people of all ages. Manual toothbrushes are also very light and easy for people to use. On the contrary, the electric toothbrush cleans your teeth for you while you guide the bristles from tooth to tooth as they clean your smile on their own. Because of the batteries, the brush can weigh anywhere from 6 to 14 oz, so the toothbrush itself is much heavier than a manual toothbrush.

Technical advantages

For Evansville Dentistry patients interested in using a brush with technical applications, the electric toothbrush is the best choice for you. Some brands offer oral hygiene tips to help you improve your cleaning technique and overall oral health. Other brands have timers built into the brush to insure proper brushing time is being allocated; and some brands can even play music as you place the toothbrush head into your mouth!

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